Gibbons Recognized as a Top 200 Firm for Diversity
June 15, 2011
Minority Law Journal has ranked Gibbons P.C. #142 on its 2011 “Diversity Scorecard,” a nationwide evaluation of attorney diversity at Am Law 200 firms and of the effectiveness of these firms’ diversity initiatives. Gibbons achieved a higher diversity ranking than did 37 larger Am Law 200 firms.
Says Patrick C. Dunican Jr., Chairman and Managing Director of Gibbons, “In the 85 years we have been in business, we have seen the distinct value diversity brings to the workplace and the business community– diverse perspectives, experience, talent, and approaches all add layers of benefits to our legal practice and client service.”
“One of the strengths of the Gibbons Diversity Initiative is its attention to the retention, development, and promotion of our talented attorneys, not just their recruitment,” notes Luis J. Diaz, Chief Diversity Officer who oversees the Gibbons Diversity Initiative (GDI), “We are also proud that GDI includes benefits, programs, and policies that support increasing diversity not just at Gibbons or within the legal profession, but throughout the entire business community.”
The Gibbons Diversity Initiative (GDI) is a comprehensive strategy that puts into action the firm’s longstanding commitment to diversity and involves all aspects of the firm’s operation. Based on the success of GDI and related Women’s Initiative, Gibbons received the 2009 Catalyst Award, one of the preeminent corporate honors recognizing excellence in the advancement of women in the workplace. GDI’s internal component focuses on recruitment, training, mentoring, retention, and programming to optimize workplace and workforce diversity. The firm’s external outreach supports numerous minority legal and business organizations, providing opportunities to meaningfully connect with the diverse communities Gibbons serves. GDI’s supplier diversity program, GDI-123, is a first for the legal industry; the program engages clients and provides women- and minority-owned businesses and law firms procurement and other strategic business opportunities. Through GDI, Gibbons strives to make a significant, lasting impact on diversity in business and the legal profession in a way that enhances client service and business success.